MetroStars 2000

17 W, 12 L, 3 T

1st, Eastern Division

Team Leaders
Adolfo Valencia, 16 G
Clint Mathis, 13 A
Tim Howard, 1.59 GAA
Mike Ammann, 108 SVS

Complete 2000 stats

Octavio Zambrano

Giants Stadium

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Jan. 12 - 1999 MLS Executive of the Year Nick Sakiewicz, formerly of the Tampa Bay Mutiny, is appointed General Manager of the MetroStars.

Jan. 28 - MetroStars acquire U.S. national team veteran Thomas Dooley from the Columbus Crew in exchange for defender Mike Duhaney.

Feb. 6 - MetroStars select UCLA defender Steve Shak with the first overall pick in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft.

March 3 - MLS allocates Colombian International forward Adolfo “El Tren” Valencia to the MetroStars.

April 1 - Lothar Matthäus, Adolfo Valencia, and Alex Comas make their home debuts at Giants Stadium, leading the MetroStars to a 3-2 home win over defending MLS Cup champions D.C. United before a crowd of 27,322.

April 19 - Defensive midfielder Daniel Hernandez is acquired from the Tampa Bay Mutiny in exchange for the rights to Daniel Alvarez (2000 fourth round pick). Defender Steve Jolley is acquired from the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for a MetroStars second round pick in 2001.

April 22 - Mike Petke scores a 94th-minute goal in overtime to defeat D.C. United, 3-2, at RFK Stadium. The MetroStars win in their first overtime appearance.

May 13 - The final piece of the puzzle for a successful 2000 season is acquired after the MetroStars draft striker Clint Mathis with the first selection in the MLS dispersal draft. Mathis went on to collect 39 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 21 games with the MetroStars.

Aug. 26 - Clint Mathis sets two MLS records by scoring five goals and totaling 10 points in a 6-4 road win at Dallas. The team also clinches the Eastern Division Title for the first trophy in club history.

Sept. 5 - Adolfo Valencia scores his team-record 16th goal in league play in a 2-1 win against Miami.

Sept. 12 - For the third time in four years, the MetroStars are eliminated in the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after losing to the Miami Fusion, 3-2, in a game played at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, Long Island.

Sept. 15 - Adolfo Valencia scores a goal in the final moments of overtime to defeat the Dallas Burn, 2-1, in Game 1 of the playoff quarterfinals at Giants Stadium.

Sept. 20 - Clint Mathis scores both goals in a 2-1 road win at Dallas to sweep the Burn in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs (2-0). The MetroStars advance to the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time in team history.

Oct. 6 - Ante Razov’s 88th-minute goal at Soldier Field in Chicago eliminates the MetroStars from the playoffs in a 3-2 loss. The Fire takes two of the three games in the semifinal series.

Oct. 13 - Nick Sakiewicz wins the MLS Executive of the Year award for the second consecutive year just 10 months after being appointed general manager. He won the award the previous season with the Tampa Bay Mutiny.

Oct. 14 - Clint Mathis is named to the MLS Best XI. He is also a finalist for the MLS MVP Award.